Passport Verification (PPV)

Updated 10/22/2020

All new international students are required to complete Passport Verification (PPV) with the Office of International Services (OIS) upon arrival to the United States (U.S.). PPV is a procedure that verifies a student’s immigration status to ensure the student is eligible to start an academic program at USC for the upcoming academic semester.

F-1 and J-1 Students

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is the U.S. government agency that sets policies for international students in the U.S. SEVP has not yet released guidance for spring 2021. The information and instructions below are based on the guidance provided for the fall 2020 semester.

Summer and Fall 2020 Admitted Students – Currently Outside the U.S.

(Students who started their USC program from abroad)

  1. Register for spring 2021 classes via Web Registration during your scheduled appointment time.
    • Students who started their USC program from abroad in either summer or fall 2020 will see an OIS70 hold on their account. This hold does NOT prevent course registration.
    • Students who transferred their SEVIS records to USC from a U.S. high school or college for Fall 2020: USC Office of Admission will issue your I-20 in November per guidance from SEVP.
  2. Complete PPV immediately upon entry to the U.S.*
    • The OIS70 hold will be removed once you enter the U.S. and complete PPV.

*New students, transfer students, and all other students with an initial attendance or transfer pending I-20 who are currently outside the U.S. are not eligible to enter the U.S. and enroll in 100% online classes.

Spring 2021 Admitted Students–Currently Outside the U.S.

Refer to the Spring 2021 Admitted Students–Currently Outside the U.S. section on this page for specific information and instructions.

Spring 2021 Admitted Students–Currently Residing in the U.S.

Spring 2021 admitted students who are currently in the U.S. can complete PPV online (PPV link will be available soon). OIS will remove the registration (STU60/STU50) hold within three business days from the submission date. Please follow the instructions below.

OIS Passport Verification Instructions
STEP 1 Activate your USC NetID Account Services
STEP 2  Activate your USC Zoom Account
STEP 3 View New Student Information Session (pre-recorded session via Zoom — Link will be available soon)
STEP 4 Login to the PPV Document Submission System  (Link will be available soon)
Required Immigration Documents by Visa Type
F-1 Students
  1. USC I-20 pages 1 and 2 (sample document)
  2. Passport photo page with expiration date and passport number (sample document)
  3. I-94 Document
  4. F-1 student visa (Canadian citizens exempt) (sample document)
J-1 Students
  1. USC DS-2019 page 1 (sample document)
  2. Passport photo page with expiration date and passport number (sample document)
  3. I-94 Document
  4. J-1 student visa (Canadian citizens exempt) (sample document)

Questions regarding PPV requirements? Email oisppv@usc.edu

Spring 2021 Admitted Students–Currently Outside the U.S.

New students who are currently outside the U.S. cannot complete PPV. This includes transfer students (students who transferred their SEVIS record from their previous institution to USC for spring 2021) as well.

Academic Enrollment Options for Spring 2021 Admitted Students Who Are Currently Outside the U.S.
Option 1: Begin academic program from abroad as a non-F-1/J-1 student.
  • Submit Request for Temporary Lift of Registration Hold for Spring. Log in with your USC email address.
  • Contact academic advisor to inform them of your plans for spring 2021 and to find a suitable schedule of online courses.
    • USC Office of Graduate Admission (GA) will issue updated I-20s for Spring 2021 admitted students
      • Summer 2021 I-20s will be issued in mid-January 2021
      • Fall 2021 I-20s will be issued in February 2021
Option 2: Inquire about possible options for beginning your academic program in a future semester.
  • Contact your admissions advisor or academic advisor for guidance.

Pending Permanent Residents and Other Non-Immigrant Visa Types

Students who are pending permanent residency or on other non-immigrant visa types such as E1, E4, H-1B, H4, L1, L2, O1, or R1 who are currently in the US must also complete PPV.

OIS Passport Verification Instructions
STEP 1 Activate your USC NetID Account Services
STEP 2 Login to the PPV Document Submission System (Link will be available soon)
Required Immigration Documents by Visa Type
Pending Permanent Residency:
  1. Passport photo page with expiration date and passport number (sample document)
  2. Pending PR documents (sample document)
Other non-immigrant visa type (i.e. H-4, E-2, J-2, etc.):
  1. Passport photo page with expiration date and passport number (sample document)
  2. I-94 Document
  3. Visa stamp (sample document)

DACA/AB540 Students

Please email your USC ID number to oisppv@usc.edu to request to have your STU50/STU60 hold removed.


Change of Degree Level

Students who have completed a degree program at USC in fall 2020 and are starting a new program at USC in spring 2021 are not required to complete PPV. Instead, simply complete the OIS Validation for Higher Degree form and email it to ois@usc.edu to get the STU50 hold removed.